Natural Resources Program Area
The Natural Resource Program executes its responsibilities under the Sikes Act by maintaining a current INRMP which implies having current data on all attributes of the natural environment. The Army recognizes seven different “Planning Level” surveys that are required of all installations. They refer to them this way because the data is important in the initial planning process for all military actions, whether construction, training, or recreation. Those seven categories requiring survey data are:
Fort Lee Forestry Program is an integral part of Army training but also provides biological diversity, wildlife habitat, air and water quality, soil conservation, watershed protection, and recreational opportunities.
In 1956, legislation was passed that established a reimbursable fund for the DoD's forestry program (Sale of Certain Interests in Land; Logs. 10 USC 2665). This established the program that is known today as the Army conservation reimbursable forestry program which Fort Lee participates. Congress provided authority for the military departments to retain the receipts from sales of forest products; these receipts would otherwise have been deposited as miscellaneous receipts in the U.S. Treasury. The law stated that "appropriations of the DoD available for operation and maintenance may be reimbursed during the current fiscal year ... for all expenses of production of lumber or timber products ... from amounts received as proceeds from the sale" of timber. Additionally, Fort Lee adheres to the state entitlement program which requires installations to distribute 40 percent of net proceeds from timber sales to the State of Virginia, which in turn distributes the money to Prince George County. The revenues distributed to Virginia are intended to be used for roads and schools.
Fort Lee requires that you contact the Environmental Management Division before removing trees on the Installation.
We have no state or federally threatened or endangered species, and basically the expected floral and faunal communities. Our wetlands share the distinction of being split by two watersheds: the Chesapeake Bay and the Albemarle Sound. Bailey Creek is the primary surface water feature on Fort Lee, next to the Blackwater Swamp, which forms the headwaters of the Blackwater River. The soil profile is typical of areas near the boundary of the Coastal Plain and Piedmont and the topography of Fort Lee varies from a low of approximately 50 ft along Bailey Creek to a high of about 160ft along the western and southwestern boundaries.
Apart from maintaining current survey data, the Natural Resources Program keeps the installation in compliance with various state and federal laws. We maintain 100 ft buffers around all creeks and streams in keeping with the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act. We monitor activities that might have implications for the Migratory Bird Treaty Act or the Endangered Species Act. Part of the Natural Resource Programs responsibilities under the Sikes Act are toward promoting recreation in tandem with preserving biodiversity. Toward that end, we work with FMWR to set hunting seasons and harvest quotas for whitetail deer, while also monitoring the deer population for disease or signs of stress.
The biggest day to day role of the Natural Resource Program staff is in the review of daily NEPA actions, making certain that mission and garrison activities are not influencing natural resources to the point of affecting overall biodiversity and the health and well being of our natural communities.